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3 sentenced to federal prison for Tennessee bank robberies

September 30, 2021 GMT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Three people have been sentenced to federal prison for using tracking devices and zip ties to abduct bank employees and steal more than $600,000 from Tennessee banks.

Earlier this month, U.S. District Judge Sheryl Lipman sentenced Travis Jackson, 37, to more than 45 years in prison, the U.S. attorney’s office in Memphis said in a news release Wednesday.

Also in September, Lipman sentenced Antonio Johnson, 44, to 36 years in prison, and Shalundra Johnson, 39, to more than 11 years in prison, the U.S. attorney’s office said.

The trio was convicted of kidnapping and bank robbery charges in June.

In three separate robberies of Memphis banks in 2018 and 2019, bank employees were restrained in zip ties and taken from their homes at gunpoint. The defendants forced the employees to take them to the banks, where they stole money.

In two cases, the robbers placed tracking devices on the employees’ vehicles, which allowed them to determine where the bank workers lived.